Sydney Series- perfect timing for the perfect ramen

Sunday lunch

Since coming back from Japan, I have a new standard for ramenand one of the closest I’ve gotten to that delicious thick rich pork broth was when I went to this franchise located in The Galleries Victoria (same level as everyone’s favourite bookstore Kinokuniya- conveniently along the monorail line!).

Although they have an extensive ramen menu there is only a few types of ramen I particularly come for:

  1. my number one choice is the Tonkotsu Ramen only available after 2pm (I wish someone told me, I found out the hard way) and I think there are only 15 bowls made a day. The first time I had it it was purely by luck, it was around 2:15pm and I was surprised that they even had any more at that time, little did I know that it had only been released 15 minutes ago! My sister and I both ordered a bowl and the waitress came back to tell us that there was only one bowl left, my sister offered it to me and I was like “are you sure?” and when she nodded I quickly accepted, don’t have to ask me twice!
  2. Aburi chashu-men or Chashu-men ($13.00) the soup isn’t as great but still very tasty and the pork is soooooo yummy!

Tempura salmon roll to start with: I’ve never had sushi like this before, it was delicious with a slightly crispy texture. Pickled ginger too- mmmmmmmm

Tantanmen ramen ($ 13.00) A traditional spicy ramen topped with minced pork, boiled egg and choy sum vegetables.
Ninniku Ramen (11.90) Soy sauce flavoured soup topped with baked garlic: Tasted very very garlic-y! For garlic lovers and not people on a first date.
Tonkotsu Ramen ($ 11.90) Thin noodles in a slow-cooked pork and sesame seed broth, topped with roast pork and seaweed, it is rich in collagen. We were seated at 1:30pm and when we had ordered this ramen the waitress warned us that it doesn’t come out til 2pm and we just said “we’ll wait” with a very straight face. Lucky for us it came out 15 minutes early and we snagged 2 of the 15 bowls. Sounds selfish but we weren’t going to share!
Lucky we beat a wave of people but there is always a line at this place, keep that in mind if you’re here to order the tonkotsu ramen.

And what did I think of it? Well a picture is worth a thousand words:

Venue: Ichiban Boshi

Locations and opening hours:

The Galleries Victoria 11:00 – 21:00

Bondi junction 11:00 – 21:30

QLD Southport (Wed- Mon) 11:00 – 21:00


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